Wild Seed Of Mother Earth
Heavier, darker and bordering on metal on occasions, this really sees guitarist/writer Dario Mollo deliver something a little different. On hand is vocalist Glenn Hughes – who as per usual sings his heart out. This is something a little different for him also though. This is a heavier tone and style than his usual bluesy hard rock delivery.|
He handles it with ease of course, but the material is definitely more challenging. I'm really enjoying hear him sing something different.
Make Believe is a great opener and not far from what we are familiar with, but it's Dying To Live that sends things over the top. Gruff, urgent and darker vocals really add an edge to this already heavy, chunky guitar driven song.
If you don't concentrate on what's on offer this could almost sound a little loud and overbearing. At times I though it was just a little noisy, with so much going on within each song. But on further investigation things fell into place and my admiration for the album grew.
The album features some in your face, furious rockers such as Still Evergreen and Make Believe alongside darker and more intense tracks like Atmosphere and Can't Stop Falling (which features a highly original mid-song interlude).
In addition to those, there are a few unexpected twists such as the sparse, but intense Wild Seed Of Mother Earth and the relatively easy going My Eyes Don't See It and the haunting softer closing track 16 Guns.
It's heavier, more complex and more original then the debut and sees Glenn Hughes challenged vocally. This features some of the heaviest material of his career. At times everything does sound a little bit too much, but repeated listens helps the album evolve.
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